Originally from Long Island, NY, Emily’s intro to the outdoors was hiking the PCT in 2014. Since moving to Portland post-hike, she picked up climbing from REI coworkers and was hooked. In her 3ish years of climbing, she has discovered that alpine rock climbing with a bitchin’ approach is her discipline of choice, but is more than happy to clip bolts. She has embraced all aspects of climbing – the adrenaline rush of leading, the frustration of backing off of a summit, and the acceptance that she will never have pretty hands ever again. She is a recipient of the 2018 American Alpine Institute’s Guide Like Liz Scholarship, which will allow her to pursue her dream of becoming an AMGA mountain guide. She hopes to utilize guiding to spread her love of the mountains and to create equal opportunities for underrepresented genders in the climbing community.